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Human eggs grown to full maturity in a lab for first time

By: REUTERS
February 9, 2018 Updated: February 9, 2018 at 3:12 pm
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A magnification of a lab-grown fully matured human egg ready for fertilization. Doctor David Albertini/University of Edinburgh / Reuters

LONDON — Scientists have the first time grown human eggs in a laboratory from the earliest stages in ovarian tissue all the way to full maturity.

Publishing their result in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction on Friday, scientists from Britain and the United States said it could one day help in developing regenerative medicine therapies and new infertility treatments.

In previous studies, scientists had developed mouse eggs in a laboratory to the stage where they produced live offspring, and had also matured human eggs from a relatively late stage of development.

This latest work, by scientists at two research hospitals in Edinburgh and the Center for Human Reproduction in New York, is the first time human eggs have been developed outside the human body from their earliest stage to full maturity.

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